Development projects for Lakshadweep

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The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation stone of development projects worth more than Rs 1150 crores in Kavaratti, Lakshadweep.

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  •  The development projects cover a wide range of sectors including technology, energy, water resources, healthcare and education.
  • The projects promise improved connectivity, sustainable solutions, and enhanced social services.

Lakshadweep

  • Lakshadweep is known for its exotic beaches and lush green landscape. 
  • The name Lakshadweep in Malayalam and Sanskrit means ‘a hundred thousand islands’.
  • India’s smallest Union Territory Lakshadweep is an archipelago consisting of 36 islands with an area of 32 sq km.
  • It is a uni-district Union Territory and comprises 12 atolls, three reefs, five submerged banks and ten inhabited islands.
  • The capital is Kavaratti and it is also the principal town of the UT. All Islands are 220 to 440 km away from the coastal city of Kochi in Kerala, in the emerald Arabian Sea.
  • The 9 Degree Channel divides the island of Minicoy from the main Lakshadweep archipelago. And 8 Degree Channel Divides the Minicoy and north atoll of Maldives.

Development projects in Lakshadweep:

Fiber Optic Connectivity

  • The PM inaugurated the Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Optical Fiber Connection (KLI - SOFC) project, marking a significant leap in communication infrastructure.
  • This initiative ensures internet speed enhancement by over 100 times, from 1.7 Gbps to 200 Gbps.
  • The dedicated submarine optic fiber cable transforms Lakshadweep's connectivity landscape, facilitating faster and more reliable services in healthcare, education, e-governance, and digital banking.

Water Infrastructure

  •  The Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) plant at Kadmat, will generate 1.5 lakh liters of clean drinking water daily.
  •  This pivotal project addresses Lakshadweep's water scarcity challenges, especially significant given the minimal availability of ground water due to its coral island nature.
  •  The Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTC) in Agatti and Minicoy islands further contribute to strengthening the islands' water resources and supporting tourism-related opportunities.
  • Under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, there is a development of water villa projects on Kadmat and Suheli islands.

Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD)

  • The Reverse Osmosis, a membrane process, is globally accepted technology suitable for desalination of saline water, which is quite different from LTTD technology developed by the ministry.
  • The LTTD is a process under which the warm surface seawater is flash evaporated at low pressure and the vapour is condensed with cold deep sea water.
  • The LTTD technology does not require any chemical pre and post-treatment of seawater and thus the pollution problems are minimal and suitable for island territories.

 Renewable Energy

  •  Lakshadweep also got its first-ever battery-backed solar power project in Kavaratti. This solar power plant aims to reduce dependency on traditional Diesel-based Power Generation, aligning with the government's commitment to sustainable and renewable energy solutions.
  • The initiative enhances Lakshadweep's energy infrastructure while contributing to environmental conservation.

Healthcare, Education & social initiatives

  •   Foundation stone was laid for the renovation of the Primary Health Care facility in Kalpeni. The construction of five model Anganwadi Centres also got initiated.
  • The government distributed laptops to students and bicycles under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.
  •   PM Kisan Credit Cards were distributed to farmers and fishermen beneficiaries, reinforcing the government's support for agricultural and fishing communities.

Conclusion:

With its distinct beauty, Lakshadweep has the potential to be a major contributor to India's development, both in terms of tourism and local well-being. In this sense, the development projects are essential steps towards the growth of Lakshadweep, offering social empowerment, sustainable solutions, and better communication connection in the region.

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